Syria envoy, Assad discuss peace conference to end war

30 October 2013 15:24
DAMASCUS (QHA) - The Arab League-U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday as part of his efforts to drum up support for a long-delayed international peace conference aimed at ending the country's intractable civil war, a government official said, reports AP. A Syrian state-run TV channel says President Bashar Assad has told the Arab League-U.N. envoy that foreign support for the armed opposition must end if any political solution to the country's conflict is to succeed. Al-Ikhbariya television also quotes Assad as telling "Syrian people alone are entitled to draw the future of Syria, and any solution must be approved by them." As reported, Brahimi is in Damascus to try to save faltering diplomatic efforts to convene an international peace conference to find a political resolution to Syria's civil war. To be noted, the United States and Russia have been trying for months to convene the conference to negotiate a political solution to Syria's civil war. The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and forced some 2 million more to flee since it began in March 2011.